DG orders investigation into death of corps members during orientation

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ABUJA, DECEMBER 4, 2016 – Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Sule Z Kazaure, has set up a high-powered committee to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the death of three Corps members, Elechi Chinyerum Nwenenda, Oladepo Ifedolapo and Asuquo Ukeme Monday, during the on-gong 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream I) Orientation Course in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara States respectively.

The Director General also denied reports making the rounds that the three Corps members died as a result of negligence on the part of the NYSC.

This is just as the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) called on the Federal Government to provide adequate medical facilities for NYSC members, stressing that it was lamentable that young people should lose their lives while serving their fatherland.

In a statement signed by its President, Comrade Chinonso Obasi, NANS, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Director General of NYSC, Kazaure, to expeditiously look into the deplorable conditions of NYSC camps with a view to providing adequate medical services.

“It is unthinkable and sad that a common ailment like diarrhoea should kill a first class graduate. After toiling amidst very excruciating economic and social conditions to get some education, young Nigerians are left to die as if they were being trained for death,” Obasi lamented.

Kazaure disclosed in a statement made available on Saturday, in Abuja, that the death of the three corps members followed brief illnesses, after medical teams in the camps battled to save them in line with established procedures.

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